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June 2, 2012A shocking tragedy struck not only the Custer County area but Nebraska high school basketball late Friday afternoon when two Broken Bow boys basketball coaches were killed in a two-vehicle accident just outside Ansley, in central Nebraska.
Anthony Blum, 24 and in his first year as head coach at Broken Bow and Zane Harvey, his 38-year-old assistant, were both killed when the school van they were driving was hit head-on by a pick-up truck driven by a 70-year-old Ansley man, who was also killed in the accident.
Harvey was the driver and Blum the passenger in a van which was transporting members of the Broken Bow boys basketball team from a camp in Kearney back to the school when the accident occured.
Eight other injuries were reported in the accident, with three of the players still listed in critical condition as of Saturday morning.
For more details on the crash, please follow this Grand Island Independent Story Link:
Blum was a graduate of Minden High School where he was an outstanding basketball player. His younger brother, Carson, was a three-time all-stater who graduted from Minden last month. Harvey was a graduate of Stapleton High School and had worked for the Broken Bow school district for 14 years.
I was at my niece's dance recital in Cozad on Friday night when we first received word of the tragedy. With two nieces who attend Cozad High School compete against Broken Bow many times during the course of a year, news of the accident was especially devastating. Like many I new both these coaches and they were good men, who loved coaching kids and being part of the high school basketball scene.
There will be much more to tell about this story in the coming days but for now I join with you to reach out to the families of all involved with prayers for comfort.